Events in 2020

Opening times:
14 March – 1 November 2020
10am to 5pm daily

Click to see photos of our previous events, or upload your own on Instagram using #bordehillgarden

Aug
1
Sat
2020
The Artist’s Garden – Summer Exhibition
Aug 1 – Sep 30 all-day

Borde Hill has been an inspiration for horticulturalists and artists for generations and this summer we are proud to continue this tradition by displaying the artistic response to the beauty of nature, countryside and gardens.

Visitors will be able to explore the historical Garden, renowned for its rare shrubs and champion trees, where they will discover approximately 40 affordable works by established and up-and-coming artists inspired by both flora and fauna.

In addition to an enticing selection of garden sculptures, the exhibition, sponsored by local employer, 1st Central, will also include a number of  smaller works displayed within the Green Tree Gallery. Uniting the work is their common fascination with the beauty of nature, the countryside and the feelings they evoke within us.

Confirmed artists include:
Alison Catchlove
Chris Kampf
Christine Baxter
Frederick Andrews
Ian Marlow
Ioana Pioaru
Joe Szabo
Mark Reed
Melissa Ransom
Paul Harvey
Rosi Robinson
Simon Hempsell
Stuart Stockwell
Susie Hartley
Tessa Wolfe Murray

Admission included in standard entry price.

Entry to the Garden is by pre-booked tickets only. Tickets are released two weeks prior to your visit at www.bordehill.co.uk/bookyourvisit

Kindly sponsored by:

1st Central Insurance

 

 

For more information, please contact us at sculptureandart@bordehill.co.uk

Oct
17
Sat
2020
A Spellbinding Halloween
Oct 17 @ 10:00 am – Nov 1 @ 5:00 pm
A Spellbinding Halloween

A Spellbinding Halloween Trail, 17 October – 1 November 2020

Halloween Half Term is the time for all apprentice witches and wizards to put their skills to the test to become a fully-fledged expert in magic. Ballimore the wizard has been practicing his spells, but has unfortunately turned his fellow wizard, Lumos, into a guinea pig!  Can you help Ballimore by completing all the challenges on a story trail around the Garden, discovering the magic word to turn Lumos back into a boy?

Put on your cloak, grab your broomstick, wave your wand and fly across to the ‘Borde Hill Academy of Witches of Wizards’.

£3 per trail plus admission, to include a spellbinding prize (FREE to Friends).

*All Garden entry and trails must be pre-booked in advance at www.bordehill.co.uk/bookyourvisit

COVID-19 Secure Precautions: the trail takes place outdoors in the fresh air in the 17-acre Garden. The Gardeners’ Retreat Café will be open on a takeaway basis. The Adventure Playground will be open with the equipment used at your own risk. Hand sanitisers are available for visitors to use.

Visitors are also welcome to wander and enjoy the stunning hues of autumn with cornus, acers, liquidambar trees and deciduous azaleas, as well as wonderful views across the parkland featuring native and exotic trees.

Alex Rickard Photography (BH Halloween)-16 resized

Tickets
£3.00 per trail, plus admission, to include a prize
(FREE to Friends)

All trails and Garden entry must be pre-booked in advance

Nov
2
Mon
2020
Friends of Borde Hill & Sussex Prairie – Autumn Open Day
Nov 2 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

An exclusive open day for Friends of Borde Hill and Sussex Prairie Garden Members (pre-booking required)

Members of Borde Hill and Sussex Prairie Garden can enjoy exclusive access to the Garden on Monday 2 November (the day after we close to the public on 1 November) to admire the splendour of autumn colour.

You will also have the opportunity to meet informally with one of our Garden Team between 11am-12noon and 1.30-2.30pm where you can hear about how we ‘put the garden to bed’ for the winter, and how some of our techniques can be applied to your own garden.  You might also have some horticultural questions to ask our experts!

The Gardeners’ Retreat Café will be open serving hot and cold drinks, cakes, sausage rolls and sandwiches.  For younger visitors, ‘The Borde Hill Academy of Witches & Wizards’ Halloween trail will be open for one more day, so it is a last chance to enjoy the story trail, solve the challenges and win a prize.

The reciprocal free entry for Members of both Gardens will not continue into 2021

 

Become a Friend of Borde Hill

Membership prices start from as little as £2.70 per month and give unlimited access during the open season. Benefits also include entry to the Adventure Playground and FREE family trails throughout the school holidays.

Tickets
FREE to Friends of Borde Hill Garden and Sussex Prairie Garden. Pre-booking required

Jun
19
Sat
2021
The Sussex Guild Contemporary Craft Show – postponed to 2021
Jun 19 @ 10:00 am – Jun 20 @ 5:00 pm
Abi Street - Glass
Abi Street - Glass
Diane Rogers - Textiles
Diane Rogers - Textiles
Ken Eardley - Ceramics
Ken Eardley - Ceramics

The Sussex Guild Contemporary Craft Show

Members of the Sussex Guild are delighted to be exhibiting for the first time at Borde Hill Garden.

Browse a spectacular variety of well-designed, inspirational and beautifully made arts and crafts in a large marquee on the Azalea Ring. Meet the designer makers and see examples of their work, including ceramics, furniture, glass, jewellery, metalwork, print making, textile art, woodwork and more.

Most of the work can be purchased, or specially commissioned and there will be craft demonstrations, including raku techniques and kiln firings.

Tickets
Included in Standard Garden admission (FREE to Friends)
Admission includes entry to the Garden, Parkland, Woodland and Playground.
Dogs on leads welcome

RHS Members / Historic Houses Members: Free entry does not apply for this special event

Tickets booked in advance will be fast-tracked on the day

Jul
10
Sat
2021
Sussex Gin Fest – Postponed to 2021
Jul 10 @ 12:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Sussex Gin Fest - Postponed to 2021 @ Borde Hill Garden

The UK’s Biggest Gin Festival Returns to Borde Hill Garden on Saturday 11th July 2020. Tickets on sale now!

Bigger, better and with even more to experience and enjoy, celebrate the extraordinary craftsmanship of independent Sussex, British and worldwide gin distillers at this unique festival. With delicious hot and cold artisan food, captivating demonstrations on all things gin, and not forgetting our main stage with live entertainment all day, this is one of the hottest festival tickets for 2020.

Set within more than two hundred acres of traditional parkland, Borde Hill Garden is a place which captivates and delights visitors with its series of intimate “living garden rooms”, fine woodland parklands, lakes and outstanding views across the Sussex High Weald. Following the success of Sussex Gin Fest 2019, we are delighted to be hosting the festival once again, with ticket holders gaining free entry into Borde Hill Garden.

Sussex produce is at the centre of this unique festival, but we will also be showcasing gins of the world with international culinary options to compliment them, and our ‘Best of the Rest’ zone will feature small-batch guest gins from neighbouring counties. There will also be a local beer brewer on-site and some Sussex ‘fizz’ for you to try and when you need cooling down under the July sunshine we even have a gin and tonic sorbet to quench your thirst!

This event is only for people aged 18 and over.  Please drink responsibly.

Tickets

Early Bird: £12.50 (no booking fee when booked directly through the Borde Hill website)

By purchasing a ticket, you are agreeing to the terms and conditions outlined at: sussexginfest.com

Refund policy: No Refunds.

FAQs

Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?

Yes, the event is only for people aged 18 and over. Please make sure to bring ID if you look under 25, as we will be operating a Challenge 25 policy.

Are dogs allowed at Sussex Gin Fest?

Unfortunately for health and safety reasons, we cannot allow any animals. Exceptions will be made for guide dogs, hearing dogs, and other support animals.

Will there be any seating?

This is a standing ticket, but there will be lots of various options for seating provided during the event.

Jul
23
Fri
2021
Open Air Opera: Tosca – Postponed to 2021
Jul 23 @ 7:30 pm – 10:30 pm
Open Air Opera: Tosca - Postponed to 2021

Britain’s leading outdoor touring company, Opera Brava, present Tosca by Puccini, performed with a chamber ensemble against the magical backdrop of the Elizabethan Mansion House.

Description
Tosca is a must see for both newcomers and aficionados. Beautiful and breathtaking arias and rousing musical moments in Puccini’s magnificent score which flows like the incidental music to a film – introducing and reinforcing dramatic events.

This new production is set in Rome in the 1940’s and brings to light all of the tragedies that happen in relationships during a world of conflict.

The performance will be sung in English.

Tickets:
Adult: £30.00 (£35 on the gate)
Child: £12.00 (5-16 years old)
Operatic Picnic (2 Adult Tickets plus a Picnic for 2): £95.00

Doors open at 6.00pm. Relax in the Garden before the performance begins at 7.30pm. Bring a chair and a picnic.

Assistance dogs only

Pre-order an Operatic Picnic which can be collected prior to the performance (includes 2 Adult Tickets plus a picnic for 2) – £95.00
Cheese Board Selection to include 4 cheeses with Grapes, Walnuts and Wafers, Italian Cured Meat Selection, Farmhouse Terrine with Onion Jam, Olives and Hummus, Crusty Roll, Real Crisps, Macaroons, Large bottle of Mineral Water.

Prosecco, red and white wine, ale or Elderflower presse can be purchased on the day and added to your picnic (other drinks available on request). The picnic includes a disposable gable box which also contains plastic glasses, plates, knives, forks and napkins.

Performance information:
• Entry: to the South Lawn where the event is taking place is via Reception located at the top of the drive. The Gate opens at 6.00pm. The performance begins at 7.30pm.
• Parking: Please park your car in the visitor car park. The opera will take place on the South Lawn, which is approximately 100m from the car park. Cars may not be left in the car park overnight.
• Disabled Parking: Disabled bays are available in the visitor car park.
• Refreshments: Guests are welcome to bring picnics, or pre-book an Operatic Picnic for Two, which includes 2 Adult tickets plus a picnic for 2 which can collected prior to the performance. A selection of barista coffee, loose lead tea, soft drinks, wine and snacks will be available for purchase from The Gardeners’ Retreat café adjacent to the performance area.
• Toilets: Toilets, to include an accessible toilet, located at the Reception building and the Biomass building.
• Dress Code: This event will go ahead regardless of weather, please come dressed appropriately. Umbrellas will be permitted.
• Seating: Please bring your own low back chairs as seating will not be provided. Gazebos are not permitted.
• No Smoking is permitted within the Garden. • No photography is allowed during the performance

DIRECTIONS
Car: Borde Hill is 1.5 miles north of Haywards Heath off Borde Hill Lane, (SatNav RH16 1XP). Rail: The nearest train station is in Haywards Heath Taxi transfers are available from the station

Jul
24
Sat
2021
Open Air Opera: The Marriage of Figaro – Postponed to 2021
Jul 24 @ 7:00 pm – 10:30 pm
Open Air Opera: The Marriage of Figaro - Postponed to 2021

Britain’s leading outdoor touring company, Opera Brava, present The Marriage of Figaro by Mozart, performed with a chamber ensemble against the magical backdrop of the Elizabethan Mansion House.

Description
Probably the most perfect and popular opera. A day in the life of Figaro. A joyful farce in which we witness the foibles and intrigues used to reveal the indiscretions of a philandeing nobleman, Count Almaviva. Some of Mozart’s most sublime music features in this bittersweet yet uplifting comedy. Opera Brava’s new production with an International cast and set in the Eighteenth Century will delight and enlighten you in this glorious production.

World class singing from Britain’s outstanding touring opera company. The performance will be sung in English.

Tickets:
Adult: £30.00 (£35 on the gate)
Child: £12.00 (5-16 years old)
Operatic Picnic (2 Adult Tickets plus a Picnic for 2): £95.00

Doors open at 6.00pm. Relax in the Garden before the performance begins at 7.00pm. Bring a chair and a picnic.

Assistance dogs only

Pre-order an Operatic Picnic which can be collected prior to the performance (includes 2 Adult Tickets plus a picnic for 2) – £95.00
Cheese Board Selection to include 4 cheeses with Grapes, Walnuts and Wafers, Italian Cured Meat Selection, Farmhouse Terrine with Onion Jam, Olives and Hummus, Crusty Roll, Real Crisps, Macaroons, Large bottle of Mineral Water.

Prosecco, red and white wine, ale or Elderflower presse can be purchased on the day and added to your picnic (other drinks available on request). The picnic includes a disposable gable box which also contains plastic glasses, plates, knives, forks and napkins.

Performance information:
• Entry: to the South Lawn where the event is taking place is via Reception located at the top of the drive. The Gate opens at 6.00pm. The performance begins at 7.00pm.
• Parking: Please park your car in the visitor car park. The opera will take place on the South Lawn, which is approximately 100m from the car park. Cars may not be left in the car park overnight.
• Disabled Parking: Disabled bays are available in the visitor car park.
• Refreshments: Guests are welcome to bring picnics, or pre-book an Operatic Picnic for Two, which includes 2 Adult tickets plus a picnic for 2 which can collected prior to the performance. A selection of barista coffee, loose lead tea, soft drinks, wine and snacks will be available for purchase from The Gardeners’ Retreat café adjacent to the performance area.
• Toilets: Toilets, to include an accessible toilet, located at the Reception building and the Biomass building.
• Dress Code: This event will go ahead regardless of weather, please come dressed appropriately. Umbrellas will be permitted.
• Seating: Please bring your own low back chairs as seating will not be provided. Gazebos are not permitted.
• No Smoking is permitted within the Garden. • No photography is allowed during the performance

DIRECTIONS
Car: Borde Hill is 1.5 miles north of Haywards Heath off Borde Hill Lane, (SatNav RH16 1XP). Rail: The nearest train station is in Haywards Heath Taxi transfers are available from the station

Aug
8
Sun
2021
Bark in the Park – Postponed to 2021
Aug 8 all-day

A fun day out in the Parkland for dogs of all shapes and sizes… and their families!

The day will include:

  • An arena with a Fun Dog Show and demonstrations
  • Have-a-go Agility
  • Scurry and Retrieve
  • Stalls selling dog or ‘country’ related merchandise
  • Stalls promoting dog related services e.g dog grooming
  • Dog Charity/welfare stands
  • Refreshments to include a BBQ, Ice-Creams, Vintage Bar and Coffee Van
  • Family-friendly activities
  • Refreshment stalls and family-friendly

Why not bring your four-legged friend and join in the fun.

Admission
£5.00 per car (including Friends of Borde Hill)

Aug
13
Fri
2021
Children’s Outdoor Theatre: Mr Stink – Postponed to 2021
Aug 13 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Children's Outdoor Theatre: Mr Stink - Postponed to 2021

David Walliams’ best-seller Mr Stink is coming to Borde Hill Garden with an open air theatre production staged by Heartbreak Productions.

Description:
You’re invited to celebrate Annabelle’s 10th birthday, hosted by everyone’s favourite MP candidate, Janet Crumb! (Almost) everyone is welcome… that is, everyone apart from Chloe’s particularly smelly new friend, Mr Stink.

One perfectly normal afternoon in an average English town two restless souls unite on a park bench – one of them the lonely 12 year old Chloe Crumb and the other an incredibly smelly homeless man. Oh, and let’s not forget his loyal dog, the Duchess. Chloe’s curiosity and kindness pave the way for this extraordinary and rewarding friendship that takes them to the heady heights of live television and Downing Street via a garden shed.

Pack a picnic, grab a chair and dress for the weather. Packed with fun, humour and a heart-warming message, this touching tale provides the perfect family entertainment.

Performed on the South Lawn against the backdrop of the Elizabethan Mansion House, Heartbreak Productions’ version of this popular children’s book is suitable for children aged 7+.

Refreshments will be available throughout the performance.
Running time: 2 hours

Booking essential

Tickets: Adults: £12, Children: £10 (3-16 years old), Family (2 Adults + 2 Children): £39

Includes entry to the Garden and Adventure Playground from 3.00pm (if arriving before 3.00pm, normal Garden admission charges apply). Access to the performance area from 5.00pm. Performance begins at 5.30pm and finishes at 7.30pm. There will be a 15 minute interval.

Bring a chair and a picnic.

Assistance dogs only
Age 7+

We are unable to offer refunds for this production

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